Cancer-root from Lindsay, South Carolina

Seems to be growing underneath a sycamore tree and other hardwoods in the forest in Summerville. No plant visible but has conical-type stalks of clustered seedy fruit, that is pale yellow. Stem is almost fungus-like and orangey.


Hi Lindsay, these are fruiting Conopholis americana plants, often called American cancer-root or squawroot or bear corn.  It is a parasitic plant, but a flowering plant nonetheless.  You can find out more about it here:


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–Steve Hill SCNPS


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